31 Oct 2015
October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015

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No blog today. Just want to wish everyone out there a safe and fun Halloween.

HALLOWEEN JOKE OF THE DAY: Halloween is, by far, the safest day to kill a person and leave them in a chair on your front porch.

HALLOWEEN JOKE OF THE DAY 2: Is it me, or does Halloween scarily sound like “Hello wine.” Coincidence? I think not.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1926 Escape artist and musician Harry Houdini dies of a ruptured appendix on Halloween.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD: Al Molinaro: ‘Happy Days’ actor passes away at age 96. He was known for playing Al Delvecchio on the ABC sitcom “Happy Days” and for his role in ABC’s “The Odd Couple.” Molinaro died in a Wisconsin hospital on Thursday, October 29 2015, his son confirmed.

HAPPY OCTOBER 31 HALLOWEEN BIRTHDAY TO: David Ogden Stiers 73, Willow Smith 15, Nick Saben 64, Justin Chatwin 33, Dermot Mulroney 52, Piper Perabo 39, Dan Rather 84, Deidre Hall 68, Rob Schneider 52, Vanilla Ice 48, Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), Dale Evans (1912-2001), Michael Landon (1936-1991), John Candy (1950-1994), Barbra Bel Geddes (1922-2005),

Create a pumpkin stack using a footed pot, dry sphagnum moss, and three pumpkins in your favorite colors and in graduated sizes. Use moss to level the pumpkins as you stack them, trimming stems, if necessary. Use urns or large plant pots left over from summer. Paint out your pumpkins for a different look. For very little cost and almost no effort, you can have a stunning front entrance.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You are somewhat useful at work but irreplaceable at Happy Hour.

HAPPY OCTOBER 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Henry Winkler 70, Diego Armando Maradona 55, Nia Long 45, Matthew Morrison 47, Grace Slick 76, Ivanka Trump 34, Clemence Poesy 33, Gavin Rossdale 50, Tory Belleci 45, Otis Williams 74, Harry Hamlin 64, Kevin Pollak 58, Charles Atlas (1892-1972), Michael Beach 51, and Ed Lauter (1938-2013).

29 Oct 2015
October 29, 2015

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

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Thank you Connie Brumley Sutton (blogger) for this.

Rachel Ray talked about how you should make your own taco seasoning because the stuff you buy in stores is full of sodium(and it has silica in it, which is like the little packet found in new shoes that says DO NOT EAT!). This is just full of flavor. Simply spices!

1 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
1 T garlic powder……
1 T onion powder
1/4 T crushed red pepper
Mix in a small bowl.

Add to cooked hamburger along with 3/4 cup water. Simmer for 5-10 minutes

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Being married is like having the freedom to do whatever your wife tells you.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1996 – AOL stops charging for time spent on the web, instead changes to a flat monthly rate, changing the web forever.

OCTOBER 29 IS: National Cat Day.

HAPPY OCTOBER 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Richard Dreyfuss 68, Beth Chapman 49, Dan Castellaneta 58, Winona Ryder 44, Gabrielle Union 43, Kate Jackson 67, Andy Dalton 28, Tracee Ellis Ross 43, Melba Moore 70, Finola Hughes 56, Amanda Beard 34, Brendan Fehr 38, Eric Staal 31, Dillon Casey 32, Joely Fisher 48, and Peter Green 69.

 

Freezing food is an essential, easy kitchen function — but it’s not quite foolproof. Next time you think “Oh, I’ll just toss this in the freezer,” remember these missteps.

Sharon Franke is the director of the Kitchen Appliances and Technology lab of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Thanks to her for this blog.

1. SETTING THE TEMPERATURE TOO HIGH
Zero degrees (or even lower) is the best temp for long-term frozen food storage, so set your freezer as low as it will go. And if you find that your ice cream gets too hard to scoop, store it on the door where the temperature will be the highest.

2. KEEPING THE FREEZER NEARLY EMPTY
A full freezer retains cold better than an empty one. When you open the door, the mass of frozen food will help keep in the cold, and the unit won’t have to work as hard to cool empty space. But don’t jam pack the freezer either; you need air to circulate.

3. NOT WRAPPING FOOD TIGHTLY
Whether you use zipper-top freezer bags, aluminum foil, or heavy-duty plastic wrap, make sure to remove air by smoothing the wrap around the food. If you’re freezing in storage containers, fill them almost to the top to protect leftovers from freezer burn (but give food enough room to expand as it freezes). And when you don’t cook all the items in the package (like frozen waffles, hot dogs, or chicken nuggets), toss what’s left into a tightly sealed bag or container.
4. FREEZING FOOD TOO LONG
Even foods that are frozen will eventually deteriorate in taste and texture, so write dates on bags and containers (check foodsafety.gov for how long certain items will last in the freezer). Consider rotating items so the oldest ones are always in the front, and they’ll be the first that you grab.

5. “LOSING” FOOD IN THE FREEZER
A store-bought bin is a great way to corral small or oddly-shaped items, like bags of fruit, bagels, and Parmesan rinds.

6. FREEZING FOOD IN A BIG CLUMP
Place small items like strawberries, hamburgers, and cookies on a baking sheet and let them harden before tossing them into a bag or container. Then, they won’t freeze together, and it will easier to grab just one at time.

7. WAITING TOO LONG TO FREEZE
While freezing will preserve food, it won’t restore its freshness. Chopped meat that was ground the day you froze it will taste fresher than meat that was frozen when it was several days old. Likewise, muffins that are frozen right after they’re baked will taste better than older ones.

8. DEFROSTING AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
If you thaw meats, poultry, and seafood on the countertop, bacteria may grow on their surfaces before they’re fully defrosted. Thaw in the fridge or microwave instead.

9. OPENING THE FREEZER DURING A POWER OUTAGE
When the power goes out, keep the freezer closed to keep food frozen as long as possible. Anything that’s still frozen when the power comes back on can remain in the freezer. Any items that are defrosted (but still icy cold) should be prepared and eaten promptly. When in doubt, toss!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m a multi-tasking procrastinator. I can put off all kinds of things at once.

WORDS TO LIVE BY: I used to hope that you’d bring me flowers. Now I plant my own.

HAPPY OCTOBER 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner 66, Brad Paisley 43, Julia Roberts 48, Bill Gates 60, Charlie Daniels 79, Joaquin Phoenix 41, Lauren Holly 52, Andy Richter 49, Chris Bauer 49, Dennis Franz 71, Dayanara Torres 41, and Jack Soo (1917-1979).

 

27 Oct 2015
October 27, 2015

Potato Facts And A Bonus Recipe

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Do you love potatoes? Do avoid potatoes? Here are some POTATO FACTS we believe everyone should be aware of.

Potatoes are powerhouses of nutrients and clean calories. A medium-size potato has 40% of required daily value of vitamin C, more potassium (>600mg) than a banana, 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber with no fat and zero cholesterol. They are one of the nature’s perfect foods. They get the unnecessary bad reputation because of the added fats (oils, butter, cheese and sour cream) that are typically used in cooking them.

Whole potatoes are healthful, but not the potatoes slathered in oil, butter, cheese and sour cream

POTATO AND CAULIFLOWER MADE IN INDIAN STYLE
(ALOO GOBI) (Recipe from Dr.Barnard’s Cancer survivors guide)

Ingredients
1 cup water, as needed
1 onion, diced or thinly sliced
3 to 4 cups cauliflower florets
2 medium potatoes, peeled (if desired) and diced
½ teaspoon whole cumin seeds
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained, or
1 ½ cups chopped fresh tomatoes
½ teaspoon salt

Method
1. Heat ½ cup of the water in large pot. Add the onion and cook and stir over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes,
until the onion begins to soften. Lower the heat to medium and add the cauliflower and potatoes. Continue cooking, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. Add more of the water, ¼ cup at a time, as needed to prevent sticking.
2. Toast the cumin seeds, turmeric, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne in a dry skillet over medium heat for two minutes, stirring constantly. Add the spices to cauliflower mixture along with the tomatoes and their juice, and salt and stir to mix. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
3. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, leftover Potato and Cauliflower Curry will keep for up to 3
days.
For a sweeter curry, add ½ cup of golden raisins along with the tomatoes.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: No, I don’t need to walk a mile in your shoes. I can see that you are a train wreck from all the way over here.

HAPPY OCTOBER 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Kelly Osborne 31, John Cleese 76, Simon Le Bon 57, Lee Greenwood 73, Robert Picardo 62, Marla Maples 52, Ted Wass 63, Nanette Fabray 95, Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), Dylan Thomas (1904-1953), and Harry Saltzman (1915-1994).

26 Oct 2015
October 26, 2015

How To Find A Lost Dog

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Found this on the internet. It may just help someday if a beloved pet goes missing.

On day 12 of searching for my dog in a heavily wooded area, distraught and hopeless, I ran into a couple of hunters. They said they lost the occasional dog on a hunt but always got them back. What they told me has helped reunite many dogs with their families.

The dog owners should take an article of clothing that has been worn for at least all day, the longer the better, so the dog can pick up the scent. Bring the article of clothing to the spot where the dog was last seen and leave it there. Also, if the dog has a a crate and familiar toy, bring those too (unless location undesirable for crate).  You might also leave a note requesting article of clothing not be moved (and leave a phone # and photo of the dog in case anyone finds him/her).

Leave a bowl of water there, as the dog probably hasn’t had access to any. Do not bring food as this could attract other animals the dog might avoid. Come back the next day or check intermittently if possible, hopefully the dog will be waiting there. I was skeptical and doubted my dog would be able to detect an article of clothing if he didn’t hear me calling his name as loudly as possible all day for 12 days. But I returned the next day and found him sitting there.

I hope this helps someone who is missing their best fur friend.

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THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1982 – Phillies great, Steve Carlton becomes first ever pitcher to win 4 Cy Young awards.

JOKE OF THE DAY: ‘Honey, I noticed the rug needed vacuuming and the toilets could use some cleaning. So I just handled it.” Said no husband ever.

HAPPY OCTOBER 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Keith Urban 48, Hillary Clinton 68, Jon Heder 38, Rita Wilson 59, Emilia Clark 29, Pat Sajack 69, Jacqueline Smith 70, Dylan McDermott 54, James Pickens Jr. 61, DW Moffett 61, Lauren Tewes 62, Seth MacFarlane 42, Jackie Coogan (1914-1984), and Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972),

OMG what a delicious treat……and somewhat healthy
DELICIOUS FRUIT PIE

Prep time: 45 min. | Total time: 1 hr. 45 min. | Ingredients: 4 | Serves: 8
Easy as can be and downright delicious, this four-ingredient pie will make you wish spring lasted more than a few months……
For a light-as-a-cloud dessert, pile whipped cream and fruit filling into a baked pie crust.
Ingredients
1 Pillsbury™ Pet-Ritz® Frozen Deep Dish Pie Crust (from 12-oz. pkg.)
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 cups fresh fruit (strawberry slices, blueberries, kiwi fruit slices, peach slices or any combination)
Step 1
Prepare pie crust as directed on package for one-crust baked shell using 9-inch pie pan. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
Step 2
In large bowl, combine whipping cream and powdered sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in fruit. Spoon into cooled baked shell. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Why is it called ‘beauty sleep’ when you wake up looking like a troll?

HAPPY OCTOBER 25 BIRTHDAY TO:  Mariana Klaveno 37, Katy Perry 31, Ciara 30, Craig Robinson 44, Nancy Cartwright 58, Helen Reddy 74, Josh Henderson 34, Pedro Martinez 44, Tracy Nelson 51, David Furnish 52, Marion Ross 86, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Billy Barty (1924-2000), Minnie Pearl (1912-1996),Leo G Carroll (1892-1972), Jeanne Cooper (1928-2013), Johann Strauss ll (1825-1899), and Tony Franciosa (1928-2006).

24 Oct 2015
October 24, 2015

Pineapple Fluff – Easy And Go-od

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Pineapple Fluff

Ingredients:
1 (3.4 oz.) vanilla (or coconut cream) instant pudding mix- I used vanilla
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple (Do Not Drain)
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed
1 cups mini marshmallows or if you wish you could add a few more
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut (optional)
1 (8 oz.) jar Maraschino Cherries (chopped & drained) Optional
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, stir together pudding mix and the entire can of crushed pineapple juice and all.
2. Gently stir in Cool Whip, marshmallows, coconut and nuts
3. Stir just until combined
4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap
5. Chill for a couple of hours before serving

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JOKE OF THE DAY: That awkward moment when a Zombie is looking for brains and it walks right past you.

TIP OF THE DAY: FOR KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS…find a teapot that goes with the decor of your house. Put a rolled up ball of wool in the teapot and feed the loose yarn end through the spout. This will keep the yarn from tangling and prevent kitty from playing with it. The teapot makes a nice decor element for an end table as well as holding yarn.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT; 1926 – Harry Houdini make his final appearance at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit.

HAPPY OCTOBER 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Bill Wyman 79, BD Wong 55, Zac Posen 35, Kevin Kline 68, Raul Esparza 45, J.P. Big Bopper Richardson (1930-1959), David Nelson (1936-2011), and John Heisman (1869-1936).

 

Here is a way to re-purpose those tealight candle holders you have hanging around collecting dust. The birds like it… and it’s prettier than most other feeders and easier to fill. It also gives the little guys somewhere to perch.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If one door opens and another one closes, your house is haunted.

ANOTHER JOKE OF THE DAY: When punishing kids, don’t take their electronics. Take their charger and watch the agony as their battery slowly dies.

HAPPY OCTOBER 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Ryan Reynolds 39, Martin Luther King III 58, Pele 75, Nancy Grace 56, “Weird” Al Yankovic 56, Ang Lee 61, Cat Deeley 39, Doug Flutie 53, Dwight Yoakam 59, Grant Imahara 45, Sam Raimi 56, Johnny Carson (1925-2005), and Michael Crighton (1942-2008).

22 Oct 2015
October 22, 2015

Quick Tip On Keeping Bread Fresh

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No real blog today, just a tip on keeping bread fresh. We’ve all have bread dry out (mainly because someone has left the bag open), so we either chuck it or save it for turkey stuffing. I have not tried this but it seems like it could work.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: In addition to Casual Friday, I propose…Punch a co-worker Monday, No pants/shirt Tuesday, Drunk at work Wednesday and Call in sick Thursday.

TIP OF THE DAY: If you spill nail polish, throw sugar over it immediately. The sugar will make the nail polish ball up and it can be swept away.

HAPPY OCTOBER 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Kristen Wiig 42, Jeff Goldblum 63, Ty Burrell 48, Giada De Laurentiis 45, Tori Amos 52, GZA 49, Deepak Chopra 69, Brayden Schenn 24, Christopher Lloyd 77, Carl Yastrzemski 76, Annette Funicello (1942-2013), Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), and John Lee Hooker (1917-2001).